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Poems Every Child Should Know

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Poems Every Child Should Know


Published January 16, 2007


LibriVox recording of Poems Every Child Should Know, edited by Mary E. Burt. Read by Kara Shallenberg.

This anthology of poetry, published in 1904, contains such favorites as The Raven, My Shadow, and The Village Blacksmith, as well as many lovely poems that may be unfamiliar. Most of the poems in this collection are short enough for children to memorize.

For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.

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Reviewer: mrbilly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 26, 2009
Subject: Thank you Kara Shallenburg!
For using your lovely voice to make these delights available here on the internet.
Reviewer: ListeninginChicago - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2009
Subject: Exquisite poetry for the young and young at heart
I found this book after an internet search on "Hesperus". My mom (who is 75) mentioned that after being in the wind, her mom would often say she looked like the wreck of the Hesperus. Diving into the mystery of this odd saying, I came across the poem in this lovely book. (I can imagine my grandma memorizing poems when she was in grade school - and I think her life was richer for having lines of poetry buried in her mind to call out during her life.)

This is an excellent collection that covers the gambit of classic children's poetry - from the simple (Twinkle Twinkle, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat), to the classic (The Raven), to the epic (How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix). A breadth of emotions are covered - there's plenty of lighthearted play, but balanced with some serious and challenging subjects.

KayRay does an excellent job of bringing each of these poems to life. Some were quite familiar, for some, hearing the entire poem opened up a new understanding of the one or two familiar lines I knew, and some were entirely new gems.

One of the best audio books I have listened to!
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